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Sleepy Hollow- The Lesser Key of Solomon (1×04)

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Sleepy Hollows is vastly proving to be a very serialized T.V show. But is it becoming too serialized? As someone who follows shows religiously, I found myself getting quite lost with this week’s revelations, while also wanting to know a little bit more. In some weird way, Sleepy Hollow reminds me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in its show structure. Each episode is connected by the overall storyline, but there a sub stories within the episode that don’t serve any purpose. For instance, will we ever see the sandman again? No. Abbie defeated him. The only purpose he served was to have us understand that he has invaded her body and has a place in her heart. We got the backstory to her life, but that’s really it. This week, same idea. We got the backstory to the German’s invading Sleepy Hollow with their plan to unleash hell on earth (and yes, I will go into that further) but once again Ichabod, Abbie and her sister defeated the demons for now, making this a closed chapter.

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Let me just say that the beginning of this episode was brilliant. Watching Ichabod talk to Yolanda from OnStar about how to unlock a car he was sitting in was beyond priceless. It also showed the show’s ability to balance humor, history and horror. Well Jennie, Abbie’s sister has escaped from the mental institute and Abbie believes that she can find Jennie if she has just a bit of time. Jennie clearly knows a lot more than she’s letting on to and has been planning for this day for awhile now. After she found out the demon’s have been unleashed in Sleepy Hollow, she gets her “equipment” from her guy at the bar and goes to the hiding place that was owned by Sheriff Corbin, and a place he was hiding a sextant that he told her to retrieve if anything happened to him.

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Putting their bickering aside, the girls got a little history lesson from Ichabod that differed from the stuff we learn in the history books. Ichabod was responsible for the Boston Tea Party. The BTP was a setup in order for the British to retrieve a chest owned by the Brits and guarded by a Hessian (Germans soldiers loyal to the Brits) who died trying to protect it. Ichabod was the only one who survived and delivered the mysterious chest to Washington.  The sextant was the key to projecting a map revealing the location of the chest that Ichabod had captured long ago, you know like an 18th century GPS.  There wasn’t much explanation as to what the chest was needed for back in the day, nor why the three would need it now, except for the later revelation that it was full of demons. But before Ichabod, Abbie and Jennie could make sense of the map, they were shot up by three German Hessians, eager to steal the sextant and unleash evil onto Sleepy Hollow. You might remember these guys from the bar where they killed Jennie’s friend a la headless huntsman style.

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Jennie captured one of the men, who was creepily a music teacher for a living (yeah that’s the scariest part. He explains that he belongs to a group of Hessians awaiting for the day to unleash evil in Sleepy Hollow. He admits they are everywhere, disguised as friends, just finding out everything they can about the people of Sleepy Hollow and working for their leader Moloch.  Ichabod continues to interrogate the man who had the same tattoo as the headless huntsman Ichadbod killed on the battlefield, making the connection of the Hessians and the headless huntsman all that much more important.He also explains that the  sextant reveals the location of the Lesser Key of Solomon, a text from the book of revelations that will open a portal to the seventh circle of hell, freeing 72 demons that are trapped there. The Hessian than kills himself with a cyanide pill  and the three are left to reconstruct the man from Ichabod’s photographic memory before its too late.  They arrive at the spot of the chest after the two Hessian’s had begun to unleash the 72 demons from the chest.  A couple of gunshots and tense moments later, Abbie gets ahold of the book that she shuts, destroying it and locking the demons back up. See what I mean, so much anticipation only for it to be THAT easy to stop 72 eagerly reincarnating demons? I highly doubt it.

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But all of this has given us some progress. Abbie and Jennie have finally found some peace and in an effort to make things up to Jennie, Abbie is trying to get a conservatorship of her and get her out of the mental insititute. Abbie might be the Bonnie to Ichabod whose the Clyde, and I’ll admit they do make a wicked team, but Jennie has to be some kind of key to all of this as well. With all of her knowledge and the investment of Sheriff Corbin into her training, there’s got to be more to the story.

I’m glad we came back to the deep root of history in this week’s episode and found out that we can’t trust anyone in this town as some of them are walking Hessian’s waiting for their next order from the devil, whose name we also now know, Moloch. I’m assuming in the episode’s to come we will see the relationships and bonds grow while figuring out a lot more about Moloch and the statement from the Hessian, “Moloch will rise.” Yeah, not over our dead bodies. Also, George Washington was a shady gentleman. The end.

 

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‘Sleepy Hollow’ Officially Cancelled After 4 Seasons

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Sleepy Hollow Cancelled After Season 4

Sleepy Hollow has been beheaded by the Headless Horseman that is FOX.

The series, which focused on witness Ichabod Crane, has officially been canceled by then network.

After 4 seasons, the network made the decision to pull the series due to low ratings.

Sleepy first aired in 2013 and was a huge hit thanks to the dynamic of lead characters Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison.

But confusing twists and turns caused a larger portion of the audience to tune out.

Things took a turn for the worst when Beharie’s character was killed off in the season 3 finale.

Loyal fans weren’t pleased and the show was eventually moved to purgatory aka Friday nights.

We’ll remember you fondly Crane. Thanks for all the apocalyptic monsters you killed to save our city.

Hopefully this will finally give Mison a role more deserving or his talents.

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Sleepy Hollow – In Plain Sight (4×02)

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Sleepy Hollow In Plain Sight

The witches have taken over Washington D.C on this week’s Sleepy Hollow and it’s up to Ichabod and his new team to bring them down.

New villain Dreyfuss continues his search for magical objects and approaches a coven of lie-detecting witches to offer them a blade called The Dagger of Z’urn D’oragh. He’s willing to exchange the deadly blade for a witches stone, an artifact they’ve been protecting for years. Therefore, you can understand how upset they get when he informs the two sisters that their leader Mole Dire was lying about the importance of said stone. They punish her by replacing her “lying” tongue with a serpent and then take on the town, punishing all liars they encounter. Dangerous obviously considering no one is off limits because we’ve all lied about something in our lives.

Thanks to Ms. Jenny’s mystical Tibetan singing bowl, Crane has a vision of the new witness but is surprised to find out it is a 10-year-old girl. He shrugs it off because he doesn’t recognize her until he sees a picture of her on Diana’s phone – turns out, he’s been drawn to her because of her daughter who has refused to speak since the passing of Abbie Mills.

When Jenny figures it out, she goes to check up on Molly at her school and stumbles upon a group of girls bullying her. She comes to her aid but when Diana arrives, she’s less than thrilled to see her snooping around her daughter without her permission. In Jenny’s defense, she knows a lot about dealing with someone that finds out she’s a witness so she only wanted to help… except she can’t really say that out loud. That’s when Molly notices Crane and finally breaks her oath of silence with a simple “hi.” She’s clearly drawn to him considering she has actually been drawing him in her notebook. Creepy right? I’m just glad Diana isn’t the next witness set to replace Abbie. Having a 10-year-old be the chosen one makes it less painful.

We catch up with Joe, who has been mapping passageways in the vault because he lives for this kind of stuff. Alex admits that she’s been looking into Crane’s history because she’s skeptical of this supernatural mumbo jumbo and believes there’s something fishy about his clothing and accent. Alex assures her it’s authentic because he believes Crane is a time traveler, with the only other Ichabod Crane being logged in the 1700s. He’s not too far off you know. Plus, how could you NOT believe in the supernatural? She was basically attacked by a demon last week… is that not enough proof?

Diana was forced to call Ichabod after finding a stab victim in the middle of the woods. The victim however wasn’t a normal stab victim. In person she looked like a normal, young woman but in a picture, she came out as an old lady. Ichabod recognized the woman through her tattoo – she was a century old witch who visited Sleepy Hollow one day. He figures she was murdered by the other two Dire sisters and declares that witchcraft is alive and well.

To track down the Dire sisters, Ichabod and Diana wait until they make their next kill. They locate their home and search for the magical object and realize it is the golden grandfather clock. Being new to the supernatural game, Diana touches it and sets off an alarm, which draws the witches back home. However the clock suddenly reveals the sisters for who they really are – old and frail old ladies who explode into smithereens.

Crane makes the declaration – someone is willingly bringing evil to D.C in an attempt to find mystical objects. But what’s the reason? He’s definitely not aware that Dreyfuss is keeping tabs on him and hoping to find his counterpart through him. What does Dreyfuss actually want with them?

Oh and if Crane doesn’t have enough on his plate, the headless horesman is making his way to D.C and Dreyfuss is actually excited about Crane luring in the darkness.

There were definitely some questionable moments during this episode but overall, it’s nice to see Ichabod and Jenny still have such a tight bond and to know, she’ll be around to help guide the new Witness through all the weird and unknown. And with Diana not being Ichabod’s sidekick, it opens up the door for them to forge a romantic relationship…. after she comes to terms with her daughter being the chosen demon fighter.

 

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Sleepy Hollow – Columbia (4×01)

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Everything is so new in Sleepy Hollow’s fourth season and the biggest problem? We’re not in Sleepy Hollow no more. That and Abbie Mills is dead.

Ichabod keeps on fighting on the good fight without his partner in crime in a strange town, which we know best as Washington D.C. He finds a new group of friends, a new partner, more demons, and a sworn enemy that he doesn’t know exists just yet.

We pick things up 2 weeks after Ichabod was seized by some government group and is being interrogated about his “doings” with Abbie by some shady man which neither of us know much about. Ichabod is able to distract with the oldest trick in the book – you’re shoe is untied – and escapes, climbing his way onto the DC airport tarmac. Smooth.

But he didn’t get away before getting a snoop of his captors place and finding stalker-ish pictures of him and Abbie on missions and different books about demons and things. “Who are these people,” he wonders as he finds information pertaining to Lincoln’s memorial.

Upon his arrival, he finds Homeland Security Agent Diana Thomas who just witnessed a demonic murder of her partner Eric. Seriously, homie poked him in the back of the head and sucked out his soul. She questions Ichabod who explains that he’s a historical analyst who sometimes helps the FBI but she’s too freaked out because well, she just found out demons exist. Who can blame her?

She tracks Ichabod to where he was held captive and finds him snooping around. She’s cautious but they both establish he’s not dangerous, especially because he’s the only person who has a grasp on what’s happening while her boss thinks she’s losing it. Oh and she gets the obvious call that said demon monster has killed again.

Trying to find out who this demon is, Diana mentions a federal office called Agency 355, which Ichabod recalls was founded by Washington. When they arrive, they find the library is run by two youngins obsessed with the supernatural. Jake handles “news and information” and is a huge fan of Ichabod while Alex blows stuff up for fun but doesn’t believe in all the witchy mambo jumbo. For now.

After a brief investigation that really made no sense, Ichabod determines that the monster is John Wilkes Booth…. yes, Abraham Lincoln’s shooter. Apparently, he never “shot him” he just summoned a monster to enter his body and then killed him the same way we just say him kill Diana’s partner. Long story short – copper can kill him, American flags draw him in.

Coincidentally, or rather not because demons always plan their murders around parades, a patriotic event is taking place the next day. The new “squad” come up with a plan to lure Booth into an abandoned warehouse away from the public, where they could be too many casualties. Unfortunately, since this is everyone’s first hoorah, they loose the demon and he sneaks up and pounces on Jack. Thankfully our experienced and dear friend Jenny arrives in the nick of time and shoots him. Apparently, she missed all the killing and demonic stuff while “finding herself” in the Himalayans.

I will say, it is nice to see a familiar face in these unfamiliar surroundings and a part of Abbie continues to live on in Ichabod and Jenny. The two reunite briefly and talk about how much they miss her before he heads off to meet Diana at the Jefferson Memorial. She’s trying to process everything she’d witnessed today – how did Ichabod not consider she might be the witness he’s looking for, especially after forming such a connection with her. She wants to find the man responsible for Eric’s death but he warns her “once you go down this path, there’s no coming back.” Her response is nothing short of what Abbie would have replied – it’s better to do this with a friend.

That night, she goes to her 10-year-old daughter Molly who has been in a “funk” lately and refuses to speak. When her mother leaves the room to make dinner, she brings out her secret book and opens it up to continue her impeccable drawings of Ichabod. Anyone else mind blown? Maybe the new witness that’s bound to be Ichabod’s partner isn’t Diana – it’s her young daughter! Why else would she be drawing him?

The new foe on the horizon is a man named Malcolm Dreyfuss, a rich businessman entrepreneur who is dabbling in the occult. He’s the one who stole Lincoln’s head, most likely summoned Booth’s demon and even has a demon body guard who happily kills anyone who comes in his way. Shady stuff I’m telling you. There’s not much explanation as to what his plan is here all we know is that he takes a circular tablet out of Lincoln’s head and explains he’d shed all the blood in the world to get the rest of them and he’s very much aware and watching Ichabod’s every move.

Thoughts on the premiere of Sleepy Hollow? Despite giving it my all, I felt myself losing interest and lacking the energy to keep up with all the historical and all the demonic. Even the revamped cast seems like their trying to hard to be someone out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when all we need is that bond between two witnesses to keep the magic alive.

 

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